How will Derby contenders fare after break? 

July, 12, 2010

Of all the eight participants in Monday night's Home Run Derby, I have to think Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Corey Hart is the most unlikely entrant. Hart was terrible in 2009, and his starting job was in serious jeopardy for this season. I mean, the Brewers didn't officially drag Jim Edmonds out of retirement because he wanted to play again, instead knowing that he was an April timeshare. That's how far Hart had fallen.

Corey Hart
AP Photo/Morry GashCorey Hart is well on his way to setting a career-high in homers despite hitting just three in April.
Fast forward to July, and the guy has hit 21 home runs, one off the National League lead, and he's tied with first-round fantasy pick Matt Kemp as the No. 19 hitter for the season on the ESPN Player Rater. Talk about unexpected.